Reports directly to Vice President of Development and responsible researching, writing and submitting foundation grant opportunities for general operating and program support.


New Business:

Identify, research and evaluate new, existing foundation grant opportunities for capital campaign, general operating support and restricted programs.
Lead prospects through all stages of solicitation process
Develop proposals which are within the Zoo’s mission and strategy and have clearly identified delivery capacity and agreed budgets

Account Management:

Manage Foundation grants, including responsibility for meeting or exceeding the annual fund raising goal.
Track, update and monitor status of pending grant submissions and re-submissions


Participate in development of expense and revenue budgets for Foundations
Work with board of directors, committee members and various Zoo departments to generate support for the Foundations.
Coordinate the gathering of information from other departments (i.e., Education and Finance), prepare and submit requested grant reports by due date according to foundation specifications.


1. Prior grant writing experience preferred.
2. Bachelors degree and at least two (2) years sales experience; experience in a development office preferred.
3. Demonstrated success generating results through outbound sales and networking.
4. Proficiency with Word and Excel; experience working with a donor database preferred.
5. Strong writing skills and experience composing business correspondence.
6. Excellent administrative, organizational and time management skills.
7. Strong interpersonal skills; mature and professional manner; ability to communicate with poise and tact with donors, staff, vendors; ability to maintain confidence and act with discretion.
8. Ability to work both independently and as part of team.
9. Ability to work flexible schedule, which may include weekends, evenings and holidays.


1. Successful completion of a drug screen and tuberculosis test prior to starting work.
2. No allergies to plants or animals which may interfere with ability to work.


Successful completion of a criminal background check prior to beginning work.

The Philadelphia Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a smoke free workplace.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the volume of applications received, the Philadelphia Zoo’s utilizes an online application only. Paper applications and resumes will not be accepted. In order for the Human Resources team to fully review your application and qualifications, please include a copy of your resume and/or employment history. Preference will be given to those applicants that attach a resume and/or detailed job history.
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Posted: 03/21/2013   Expires: 04/20/2013